How can I curse
    those whom God has not cursed?(A)
How can I denounce
    those whom the Lord has not denounced?(B)
From the rocky peaks I see them,
    from the heights I view them.(C)
I see a people who live apart
    and do not consider themselves one of the nations.(D)
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob(E)
    or number even a fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,(F)
    and may my final end be like theirs!(G)

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28 And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor,(A) overlooking the wasteland.

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When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him(A)

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Water will flow from their buckets;
    their seed will have abundant water.

“Their king will be greater than Agag;(A)
    their kingdom will be exalted.(B)

“God brought them out of Egypt;
    they have the strength of a wild ox.
They devour hostile nations
    and break their bones in pieces;(C)
    with their arrows they pierce them.(D)
Like a lion they crouch and lie down,
    like a lioness(E)—who dares to rouse them?

“May those who bless you be blessed(F)
    and those who curse you be cursed!”(G)

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22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed
    when Ashur(A) takes you captive.”

Balaam’s Seventh Message

23 Then he spoke his message:

“Alas! Who can live when God does this?[a]
24     Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus;(B)
they will subdue Ashur(C) and Eber,(D)
    but they too will come to ruin.(E)

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  1. Numbers 24:23 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew The people from the islands will gather from the north.

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